View of the interior of the Camberwell bus garage following an air raid damage, showing the skeletal remains of a number of burnt-out double deck buses, 1 Nov 1940Everyday heroes : Services ran during the worst nights of the Blitz. Awards for bravery recognized the heroism of a few men and women. Many more simply ‘carried on’. The risks were terrible, as the bomb damage at Camberwell Garage in 1940 shows.
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Related story:The Blitz
The air raids of 1940–41 were known as the Blitz. Fifty thousand high-explosive bombs were dropped, and millions of incendiary bombs started fires all over London. Fifteen thousand people were killed, and thousands more left homeless. The transport system was badly hit. On one single night, the Underground was bombed in 20 places. Repair teams worked round the clock to maintain the city’s transport. A second wave of bombing began in 1944, with V1 flying bombs and powerful V2 rockets. Although not as destructive as the Blitz, the attacks were terrifying.